We are committed to a whole of water cycle management approach to secure local water supplies, reduce water usage and enhance local waterways.
Through our Sustainable Water Management Strategy (2013-2023), we have committed to a range of targets that will reduce our potable water use, increase our use of alternative water sources and reduce pollutants entering waterways.
Our progress to date in implementing this Strategy is outlined in the Water Management Strategy Annual Report Card 2014/15.
Alternative Water Sources
We manage four stormwater harvesting systems that reduce our reliance on potable water supplies and provide resilience to Brimbank’s open space against the impacts of drought and water restrictions. These harvesting systems are located at Cairnlea, Green Gully Reserve, Keilor Recreation Reserve and Keilor Golf Course. A further stormwater harvesting system is located at Council’s Keilor Operations Centre, which harvests water for washing vehicles and garbage trucks.
In 2014/15, Council’s stormwater water harvesting systems saved over 100 ML of potable water.
Water Sensitive Urban Design
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) concerns the integration of water cycle management into urban planning and design to manage the impacts of stormwater from development. WSUD treatments help reduce potable water use and reduce harmful stormwater pollutants such as nitrogen, phosphorous and suspended solids from entering our waterways.
We have constructed a growing number of WSUD assets that help protect waterways and enhance liveability in Brimbank. These include infiltration trenches and bio-retention systems including raingardens and tree pits, grassed or landscaped swale drains, porous paving, constructed wetlands, rainwater tanks and stormwater harvesting systems.